San Diego man victim of apparent drowning in waters off Kona

Big Island police are investigating a possible drowning in Kona.

At 5:25 p.m. on Wednesday, officers responded to Honokohau Small Boat Harbor for a report of a man who went unconscious while participating in a dive tour, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

Officers determined that the dive tour boat had left the harbor shortly after 4 p.m. and was 50 yards from shore when one of the divers became unresponsive. CPR was administered for 45 to 60 minutes until the boat arrived back at the harbor. Medical personnel continued CPR on the man however, he was still unresponsive.

The man was transported to Kona Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:33 p.m. He was later identified as 64-year-old Larry Bullock from San Diego.

A coroner’s inquest has been initiated and the investigation remains ongoing pending an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

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